The Best Calendars and Day Planners for Your Personality
November 14, 2019
Fall heralds crunchy leaves, cozy sweaters and spicy pumpkin everything. Fall also means that the new year is just around the corner. Before long, you’ll want to start planning ahead with a 2020 planner. That's why fall is the ideal time to assess your needs to find the best planners to accomplish your goals.
But with so many options out there, how do you choose the one that will reflect your vision and vibe for the new year? Here are suggestions for the best productivity planners, based on your personality and working style.
For the multitasker
You have a million irons in the fire—but you get everything done without fail. In fact, you’re the walking incarnation of the statement, “If you want something to get done, give it to a busy person.” You’re that busy person who will get it done, and the reason you can accomplish it all is because of your impeccable planning.
The best bet for a multitasker are AT-A-GLANCE planners since you have so many details to write on each page. Consider looking for one that offers space for quarter-hourly appointments so you can keep things moving moment to moment. This feature is good for those who like to plan ahead and have their daily goals written down in advance so they know they can accomplish everything they need to. It especially resonates with people who prefer a “schedule” rather than a “to-do list” because you can put a time frame to each task, helping ensure that you stay on track. Try to look for one that has several columns so you can manage the schedules of others, too.
For the creative
You want a planner that’s as fashion-forward as you are. Try Blue Sky Planners, which come in a wide variety of chic colors and designs so your business planner can capture the trends and creativity that you cultivate on a daily basis.
Discbound planners are another good choice as they come in a wide variety of colors and styles to reflect your lifestyle. Favorite brands include TUL, exclusively for Office Depot Office Max. Other special brands include Trina Turk, Ivory Ella and the Emily Ley planners.
In addition to delivering an elegant experience, these versatile notebooks even charge your phone—good for an on-the-go creative type. The new TUL Metallics line also offers complementary note-taking and planning products—true affordable luxury that you’ll be proud to display at your next meeting as you show off your commitment to plan ahead.
For the team player
It’s important to record your own project deadlines, but you need more options than the typical business planners offer when you’re working with various teams. If you’re in charge of long-term planning of a complex project, such as a product launch or multi-faceted marketing campaign, it helps to have a visual perspective of the entire year. How to stay organized? Dry-erase calendars are a good option as you look ahead to your 2020 planner needs. You can mount one or more on the wall in your office or conference room so the group can sketch out the details of their upcoming programs, making changes on the fly as new information becomes available.
Once you have that broad representation for the whole team to keep in mind, you can transfer the dates that are relevant to your own project responsibilities into your own personal monthly planner to make sure you deliver on time.
For the procrastinator
Is your motto, “Why do today what you can put off until tomorrow?” Yes, it always seems to get done, but it can spell career trouble if you miss deadlines because you fail to plan ahead. One good way to ensure that nothing ever gets forgotten (even if it’s temporarily ignored!) is to use desk calendars that keep vital due dates in front of you at all times.
You may want to choose an AT-A-GLANCE planner or another portable business planner to supplement your desk calendar and allow you to include more details, but having key dates written where you can’t miss them will ensure you never miss a deadline—even if it gets done just in the nick of time.
For the world traveler
Portability and good looks are equally important and must be part of your best work planner when you are on the go. That’s because you want to make an impeccable impression and look put-together when you’re on the road meeting new clients or colleagues. But, you’re likely also juggling myriad details so you want to make sure your 2020 planner is easily accessible from a tote or briefcase.
To help keep your jet set lifestyle organized, look for a business planner that lets you keep important details at the ready with pockets or other organizational features. That allows you to keep your itinerary, boarding pass, meeting agendas and other important documents handy so you can access them easily and quickly.
For the decision maker
The team is counting on you to keep them on task, so you want to try to make sure that you’re constantly equipped to share updates and timelines for a wide variety of projects. Chances are good that you are frequently called into meetings and asked to present on the fly, so the best productivity planner for you is likely the tried-and-true Day Timer.
These stalwarts have stood the test of time because they contain everything you need—plenty of planning space each day with the week-at-a-glance feature, complemented a monthly planner that gives you a bigger picture as you lead meetings and move agenda items along. These appointment books have similar useful “innards” but come in a wide variety of styles to convey the look you choose—whether that’s a more buttoned-up persona with a leather-bound binder or one that expresses your personality with a beach or floral scene. It’s up to you—after all, you’re the decision maker!
As the new year draws close, now is the time for you to move one step ahead on your resolution to be more organized by choosing the perfect 2020 planner with time to spare. Beat the rush to find a comprehensive selection of planners, calendars and storage solutions to help you run your business and your life in preparation for the new year ahead.
About the Author
Cathie Ericson is a freelance writer who specializes in small business, finance and real estate.
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